BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 

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Our collections and library are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:15 to 5 p.m.
and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment.
Free to members and $2 for non members.
Bring your out-of-town guests for a tour.
Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.

NOTE:  THE SOCIETY HAS WITHDRAWN ITS RFP FOR A STRATEGIC PLAN. AND HAS CANCELLED THE PRE-BID MEETING ON OCTOBER 30, 2014.




UPCOMING EVENTS


OCTOBER is History, Walking Tours and Halloween Month

Lots of Bristol history with presentations by Claire Benson on Samuel P. Colt, walking tours with with historian and preservationist, Dr. Kevin Jordan and curator Ray Battcher as well as a children's Halloween scavenger hunt.



Samuel Pomeroy Colt:  Shadowed by the Gun

Lecture and Power Point Presentation by Claire Benson

Linden Place Mansion, October 16th, 7 p.m.
500 Hope Street, Bristol
Free to members of the Society and of the Friends of Linden Place, $5 for the public.

Herreshoff Room, Rogers Free Library, October 20th, 3 p.m.
525 Hope Street, Brist
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Free and open to the public.

Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921) was a Bristol industrialist, banker, politician and philanthropist responsible for much of the financial well being of late 19th century Bristol and Rhode Island.  

Born in New Jersey, Colt and his mother, Theodora DeWolf Colt, were in Bristol by 1865 living at Linden Place, built by his DeWolf grandfather and bought back into the family by his older brother Edward.  To settle any confusions, it should be noted here that it was not Samuel but his uncle, also named Samuel Colt, who was famous for his invention of the Colt revolver in Hartford, CT.  

Samuel Pomeroy Colt was successful and became very wealthy in his own right because of his brilliance and financial abilities.  He went from Bristol to study at MIT in Cambridge and followed that up by going to Columbia Law School in New York.  He later became a very successful lawyer and a foremost authority on the topic of corporate law.  He also was elected Rhode Island's Attorney General eight times!    In Bristol, he joined the Board of Directors of the National India Rubber Company which was failing and reorganized it to be the very successful United States Rubber Company and UniRoyal which employed much of Bristol.  He led a colorful life and traveled extensively.  He was also the owner of what we know today as Colt State Park in Bristol.


Claire Benson, Society Board Member, has done extensive research on Colt as well as other members of his family for the past six years.  She divides her time between living in Bristol and in San Jose, CA.  She has volunteered at the Society as a researcher for nearly 15 years.  In San Jose, she was the former Planning Commissioner for over 10 years.  She has done research on the Bristol-Cuba connection and the West African Slave Trade, focusing on the many Bristolians who lived in Cuba during the first half of the 19th century. In addition, Benson is an expert genealogist having researched her 17th century Rhode Island ancestors including the familiar names of early Bristol including Sanford, Smith, DeWolf, Diman, Alger, Howe and Munro.

 


ALSO on the October Calendar:



Halloween "Scavenger Hunt" and Costume Party
for Children 12 and Under*


Saturday, October 25th, 2-4 p.m.

Space is limited to 20 children.  Please call 253-7223 to make your reservation in advance.

* All children must be accompanied by at least one parent or other adult.

Face Painting
Games
Scavenger Hunt
Apple Cider and Munchkins
Prizes







November is Honoring our Local Veterans Month

This will entail a number of small events as well as an exhibit at the Society of our World War I posters and other items collected from local veterans over the years.  The exhibit will include the WAC uniform and other items donated by Lieutenant Colonel Ruth Briggs, colorful Bristol resident and an aide-de-camp to President Eisenhower in WW II, fiancee of President Roosevelt's son, Elliot, and later host, friend and confidant of Svetlana Stalin.




OPEN HOURS  

Our collections and library are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:15 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Free to members and $2 for non members. Bring your out-of-town guests for a tour. Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.



THURSDAY DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS

These downtown walking tours with Ray Battcher, the Society's Librarian and Curator, begin at 3 p.m. every Thursday at the Society (48 Court Street).  There are various topics ranging from "Hither and Yon" to "Backdoor Gossip" to "Russell Warren" and more.  Call the Society for the topic of the week.  Wander the streets of Bristol learning about its early settlers or architectural or business history.  Free to members and $5 for non members.  

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Collections

Founded in 1936 to promote interest in historical research and preservation, to stimulate the study of the history of Southern New England, especially the Town of Bristol, to collect and preserve whatever pertains thereto, and to provide museum quarters for the exhibition of the same and a meeting space for our members.

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